There are many people in New York who choose to live in apartments that are run by landlords. In doing so, they trust that these individuals will take care of the grounds that they own so tenants can be safe where they live. Most of the time, this is the case and there are few problems. However, it is possible for landlords to be negligent and not maintain their property. This can cause hazards to arise such as faulty smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, unsafe stairwells, mold/asbestos, and more. These can cause people to become injured or ill as a result of their living conditions. When this happens, they can pursue legal action for negligence with the assistance of an experienced New York personal injury attorney.
What do I do After an Apartment Accident?
When an accident happens at an apartment complex as a result of a landlord’s negligence, there are steps that can be taken to pursue a personal injury claim. This involves proving that the landlord was, in fact, negligent. This can be done by working with an attorney to gather evidence that shows the landlord knew, or should have reasonably known about the conditions and failed to fix them, directly causing their injuries. Evidence that can be useful can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the hazard or the incident itself, witness testimonies, and more.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
When a person sustains an injury due to a negligent landlord, they should not wait too long to pursue legal action if they want to do so. This is because the statute of limitations places a deadline on the amount of time a person has to file a personal injury claim. If they fail to meet the deadline, the injured party may lose their opportunity to hole the landlord responsible. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the date of the injury to file.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!